UFC veteran Thiago Silva arrested for Threats at Pablo Popovitch Gym

Thiago Silva UFC veteran threatens people inside jiu jitsu school, barricades self inside home


Silva and his wife of 13 years, Thaysa Silva, separated in late 2012 but had been living together at their Oakland Park residence.

Thaysa Silva obtained a restraining order against her husband following violent threats that were made on Jan. 30 of this year. Additionally, Thaysa Silva called 911 on Feb. 5 to say her husband was at the residence, threatening her again, despite the restraining order.

Shortly before 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, according to the report, Thiago Silva drove to the Popovitch Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Center, 777 E. Oakland Park Blvd where his wife was training with her boyfriend, Pablo Popovitch. The report said Thiago Silva continuously honked his car’s horn.

Thaysa Silva told investigators that her husband appeared extremely intoxicated, was holding a Glock pistol and demanded she bring Popovitch outside or he would “go into the gym and start shooting everyone,” the report said.

After Popovitch went outside, he too was threatened at gunpoint the report said, before he and Thaysa Silva were able to run inside the gym, lock the door and call 911.

Thiago Silva then drove away in his Dodge Charger and went to the couple’s residence on Coral Heights Boulevard where he gave arriving deputies “the middle finger hand gesture” and went inside.  Some three hours after a Sheriff’s Office SWAT unit was deployed, Silva came outside and was tased “for officer safety reasons” before being taken into custody, the report said.

In a video posted on YouTube, Silva talks about his hard scrabble upbringing and his reputation as a tough guy by people who don’t really know him.

“People think I’m like an animal, very aggressive and like, insane,” Silva told his interviewer.

To see the YouTube Interview video, click here.


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